In one of the most tragic and biggest news event in 2008, Wang Zhijian single-handedly murdered his lover, Zhang Meng, her daughter, and one of his flatmates. The Chinese national also went after 15-year-old Ms Li Meilin, the daughter of the latter, but she miraculously survived his repeated slashings.
The complicated backstory begins at a brokerage firm in Tianjin, China, where the soon-to-be couple met via a colleague. Wang was married, but divorced with his wife after an "incompatible" relationship. Zhang Meng decided to hit him up, and they soon met frequently as Wang poured his heart out to the former about his ex-wife.
However, she eventually revealed that she was married. Her angry husband called Wang over and asked Zhang to choose between the both of them. She sucker-punched her husband and chose Wang instead. Her family wasn't the most approving of her decision, and they began to harass Wang at his workplace. Unable to deal with the harassment, he opted for an early retirement and received a RMB400,000 compensation package.
In the next three months, he splurged extensively on branded clothes and expensive meals for Zhang. They eventually moved in with her daughter, Feng Jianyu, but broke up a couple of times along the way. Feng got an opportunity to study in Singapore, and Wang visited her and her mother on social passes when they were on good terms.
Things weren't rosy, however. Wang claims he was subjected to "bizarre and humiliating treatment", having to financially support his lover's lavish lifestyle and clean up after them, while he had to made do with scraps and was 'help captive naked in a bedroom' for his efforts. He was forced to defecate and urinate into plastic bags and newspapers, but dare not retaliate due to fear of harsher reprisals from Zhang. "She might bite me," exclaims Wang during trial.